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Jeremy Samuel

Jeremy Samuel is the Non-Executive Chair of Sureway. He has served on a variety of private, public, government and non-profit boards and committees.

Jeremy is the Founder and Managing Director of Anacacia Capital. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Anacacia portfolio companies including: Duncan Technologies, Opteon and Pump Haircare.

Jeremy holds an MBA from Yale University School of Management and Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Board of Director Judy Galloway

Judy Galloway

Dip. Admin & V.E., GAICD.

Judy Galloway is the Founder of Sureway and has been involved in the delivery of Employment Services for over 20 years. She was Chief Executive Officer of Sureway Employment and Training from 1996 until 2009, when she stepped back into a non-executive role.

Judy began delivering training to industry in the early 1990s and following that she was given the opportunity to train long-term job seekers. This lead to a successful bid to deliver Employment Services for the Federal Government under a Job Network contract. During her tenure this service delivery was expanded to include 12 Employment Service Areas in NSW, Vic and South Australia.

Having spent her whole life in regional Australia she has a strong appreciation of the issues facing rural communities and has spent much of her working hours addressing issues relating to employment and training.

Judy was a Board Member of the Southern Sports Academy for 10 years from 1992 -2002 and Chairperson of that organisation for the last four years. She was Vice Chairperson for the Riverina Vocational Education Training Awards for the last 5 years having served on that Committee for 12 years. She also served as Chairperson for the Committee for Wagga Wagga for 8 years.

Judy remains passionate in her desire to assist regional communities in particular the more disadvantaged within those communities.

Board of Director Alexandra Curtis

Alexandra Curtis

Bachelor of Social Science; MBA; GAICD

Alexandra joined Sureway’s Board of Directors in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Born and raised in regional Australia, Alexandra has gone on to study and work in Sydney, Brisbane, and Tokyo with over 20 years of experience in predominantly service-based industries. The most recent 10 years has seen Alexandra take on senior management roles within employment related industries. Her industry background is highly commercial, having worked on multiple acquisitions and restructure projects to deliver value to the business.

Alexandra is passionate about working with organisations who are striving to provide quality service to all stakeholders.

Alexandra derives her passion for the employment services environment.

Jason Shein

Jason Shein is a Non-Executive Director of Sureway. He is a Senior Investment Manager at Anacacia, a major investor in Sureway, as well as a Board Observer at Catalyst Education, another Anacacia investee. Before joining Anacacia, Jason was an Investment Manager at M.H. Carnegie & Co. Prior to this, Jason worked in consulting for Bain & Company in Australia and the UK and as a lawyer for Gilbert + Tobin.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce Law from the University of New South Wales and was admitted as a Solicitor in NSW.

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Matthew Hall

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

B.Bus (Acc/Fin), C.A., GAICD

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) works closely with the Board of Directors, serving as managing director of corporate operations and as the main link between the different divisions within the company. The CEO works alongside the Executive team to create, plan, implement and integrate the strategic direction of an organisation.

Matthew joined Sureway in 2008 as CFO and has been instrumental in significant business growth and expansion during his tenure. Prior to this, Matthew practiced as a Chartered Accountant and Financial Advisor with clients spanning regional NSW, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, and is highly skilled in managerial finance and business coaching.

Based in regional NSW, Matthew has worked with regional communities throughout his entire career and is committed to changing lives through the opportunities that Sureway can provide.

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Brett Whiting

General Manager Disability Employment Services (DES)

BEd, DipTeach

Brett is the General Manager of Disability Employment Services (DES), managing both the Employment Support Service and Disability Management Service contracts. A former teacher, Brett commenced with Sureway in 1998 and has worked in numerous operational and training management roles. He has also been responsible for tender submissions and new service implementation.

Brett has been instrumental in building operational capacity and performance in DES services, and has managed the expansion of DES services across regional and metropolitan areas.

His passion lies in building community capacity and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life through employment and ongoing learning. He has the belief that with the right support, everyone can work and contribute to their community regardless of their disability.

Born and raised in Tumut in the Snowy Mountains, Brett has a keen interest in sport, fishing and the outdoors.

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Matthew Cilia

General Manager jobactive

GradCert Organisational Change, Business Administration and Management

The General Manager jobactive oversees the delivery of our jobactive programs across NSW, VIC and SA. Matthew brings great industry experience to our Executive team, having commenced his time in the employment services field as a front line team member assisting people into work.

Matthew has worked with a number of top providers across the country in Site Management, Business Development and General Manager roles.

Matthew brings a passion to the Sureway team for making an impact on people and communities.

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Arwen Anderson

General Manager People & Culture

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Master of HR Management

People & Culture aim to create and sustain a system that maximises the return on investment from our people by focusing on our mission and being recognised as a high performing organisation with a healthy leadership pipeline.

This division is currently led by General Manager People & Culture, Arwen who has a vast background in HR, employment services and community youth work.

Experienced in the employment services industry, Arwen started out in a client-facing role providing services to individuals with disabilities. She then moved to youth work and spent a number of years working with young people through the adversity they experienced, and the teams who supported them. With a knack for numbers, she moved to a role where she was responsible for setting KPI’s and supporting teams to deliver on quality.

Looking for a new challenge, Arwen turned to further study resulting in delving into the Human Resources field. Once turning to HR she made her way to senior management and throughout has led the delivery of quality and outcomes through people and culture initiatives.

Arwen brings a wealth of knowledge to the Sureway team having experience in the successful implementation of performance, HRIS, compliance, safety, and P&C systems.

Arwen’s exceptional standard of work was recognised with a Dean’s List Award for Academic Achievement in both Bachelor and Master’s programs. Arwen has a drive for ‘first-time quality’, and endeavours to embed this into the work of each team she is a part of.

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Paul McGowan

Chief Financial Officer

B.Bus (Acc/Eco), CPA

The Sureway finance portfolio is responsible for the production of all statutory and management financial reporting to members of the Executive and the Board. It coordinates the delivery and preparation of annual budgets and operational targets, to support the execution of Sureway’s strategic plan, it also oversights financial internal controls, policies, and standard operating procedures. Other functions delivered through the finance portfolio include payroll, facilities, fleet management, wage subsidies and employment fund programs.

Paul McGowan is a member of the Australian Society of CPA’s and joined Sureway in 2017 as the Finance Manager. He has recently been appointed to the Executive team as the Chief Financial Officer. Paul comes to Sureway with over 25 years of financial management experience in both public and private sectors with senior management and leadership roles with TAFE NSW and Rail Services Australia. His previous roles have seen the delivery of long-term financial sustainability through strong leadership, implementation of financial business partnering models, technical expertise, quality customer service, and continuous improvement. He has the strength for providing expert financial advice and support that aligns with Corporate Strategy and overall organisation values, mission and goals.

Paul lives and works in Wagga Wagga, and is passionate about the sustainability of regional communities. His previous roles in the public sector and now with Sureway, allow him, in a small way, to contribute to enrich and change people’s lives. Paul has been an active sportsman all his life and now enjoys spending weekends cycling on the roads around Wagga, watching his growing family play sport and planning his next travel or camping adventure.

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Tania Contogeorge

General Manager Corporate Services

Tania joined Sureway in 2020 and brings a wealth of expertise to our Executive team from a background in Government, professional and not-for-profit services.

Tania’s professional career has seen her play an integral part in the roll-out of state-based Government service centres, and developing a leading customer service model for digital services. Tania has always had a commitment to providing accessible services for rural and regional communities – a passion she brings to her role with Sureway.

Melinda Larkin

General Manager Sureway Skills Training

BEd, DipTeach (ESL & Remedial); GradCert HR Management

The General Manager Sureway Skills Training portfolio oversees the delivery of the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and is accountable for not only the management of the overall operations of the company, but the profitability and delivery of a quality, accredited and compliant training service.

Melinda has over 25 years’ experience in Vocational Education and Training (VET), workforce & skills planning, and in the development of tailored industry led training solutions (accredited and unaccredited). Prior to coming on board with Sureway, Melinda’s previous experience has included leadership roles in Registered Training Organisations, National Industry Associations and Skills Councils. Key to her success is her proven ability to build strong client relationships and business networks.

Melinda is passionate about education and training – helping Australians regardless of age, to acquire valuable, transferable skills, that not only enhance social inclusion, active citizenship and individual support, but can transform lives through employment and future career pathways.

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